Oct. 2015
Vol 18, Issue 10
Message from the President 
Click on the image below to view a video message from AEA 2015 President Stewart Donaldson. 

AEA October 2015 President's Message
AEA October 2015 President's Message

Message from the Executive Director - How Green is the Evaluation 2015 Conference? 
From Denise Roosendaal, AEA Executive Director 

We're thrilled that so many AEA members are planning to be in Chicago to learn, network, and contribute to the evaluation field at the Evaluation 2015 conference. Conferences are a great way to network and build knowledge on best practices. At the same time, we are increasingly sensitive to the environmental impacts of the conference. Our awareness was heightened this year as a result of our recently completed Green Audit. We learned in the audit process that AEA's carbon footprint — the amount of greenhouse gases generated by our activities — is mostly attributable to our annual conference, with air travel being the biggest contributor to our conference's carbon footprint. 

In This Issue
Policy Watch
International Policy Update
Last Chance to Register for Evaluation 2015
You're Invited: Silent Auction Friday Night
You're Invited: Poster Exhibit & Meet the Authors Reception
New Job Postings
Get Involved
About Us
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Diversity - Broaden Your Evaluation Lens at Evaluation 2015   
From Zachary Grays, AEA Headquarters 

The Windy City is host to Evaluation 2015 and we are incredibly excited to celebrate what's expected to be the highest attended conference in the history of AEA. In line with the conference theme and the International Year of Evaluation, attendees are encouraged to explore the diverse "playground" that's in store through the robust conference program offerings and planned festivities meant to engage the ever-growing, global evaluation profession. I implore you all to take the time to check out just a few the wonderful sessions and unique happenings that will broaden your evaluation lens. The following are just a few exciting items you should consider adding to your agenda for Evaluation 2015.

Potent Presentations Initiative - Last Chance for Maximum Impact! 
From Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 

Here we are in the last days of Potent Presentation preparation, wondering where all the time went. When we received acceptance notices last summer, it felt as if we had forever to prepare — am I right?
No worries! P2i features some key resources you can use to put the finishing touches on your presentation and polish up for the big day.

Policy Watch - Join the Discussion Session on EPTF Efforts at Evaluation 2015
From Cheryl Oros, Consultant to the Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) 
I hope you can join us at the annual AEA Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) update and discussion session at Evaluation 2015 in Chicago on Friday, November 13, from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. in Skyway 272 (Session 2959).

The AEA Board of Directors established the EPTF in 2007 to enhance AEA's ability to identify and influence policies that have a broad effect on evaluation practice and to establish a framework and procedures for accomplishing this objective. 

International Policy Update - Two Thumbs Up for These 18 Internationally Focused AEA Conference Sessions 
From Mike Hendricks, AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), with contributions from Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Co-Coordinator

Feeling a little overwhelmed by the incredible number and variety of internationally focused sessions at the upcoming AEA conference in Chicago? Well, you're not alone — so are we! It's a great tribute to everyone who put together the conference that we have such richness to choose from, but it also makes it hard to decide which sessions to attend.
This is obviously a personal decision, and we urge you to start looking through the conference program as soon as possible. But for what it might (or might not) be worth, we've put our heads together, and here are 18 sessions we think are especially promising. Please don't be offended if we've not highlighted your session — we count at least 82 internationally focused sessions over the four days, so we could pick only about one in five options during many of the timeslots. No doubt the other 64 sessions will be equally enjoyable and informative.

Last Chance to Register for Evaluation 2015! 
AEA's conference, Evaluation 2015, is just around the corner. Held November 9-14 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, this year's conference focuses on the theme Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World. Conference attendees will learn about exemplary evaluations, enabling evaluation environments, evaluation policies, evaluation theories and methods, and research on evaluation from a range of cultures and regions throughout the world. Click on the links below to learn more. Be sure to book your hotel soon, as AEA's hotel blocks are quickly selling out!
You're Invited: Silent Auction Friday Night to Benefit International Presenters

One of the highlights of every AEA conference is Friday night's silent auction, which is coordinated by AEA's International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation Topical Interest Group. The proceeds benefit AEA's International Travel Awards and are used to offset travel expenses for presenters who reside in developing countries or countries in transition and to encourage their participation internationally.

What are some of the highlights of the night? The evening is well-known for serving host to a vast array of handcrafted clothing, jewelry, and accessories from across the globe. In addition to the delectable regional delights, including coffees, chocolates, and other treats, the event offers an opportunity to bid and win one-on-one time with several well-known evaluators.
Fancy a good read? You can bid on a range of books signed by your favorite "evaluation gurus." Come prepared to either bid for yourself, or on behalf of the organization you work for, so that your colleagues may also benefit from the collection of books on showcase. All the goodies from around the world make unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family! 
Feeling inspired? Drop by on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. before you head out for the night. The silent auction is a great opportunity to socialize, network, and wind down from Evaluation 2015 with your colleagues while supporting a great cause.
If you would like to donate something, please feel free to bring it along and drop it at the AEA conference registration desk. If you have any queries, please email Hubert Paulmer, silent auction coordinator, at [email protected].
You're Invited: Poster Exhibit & Meet the Authors Reception
Join us for AEA's annual Poster Exhibition and Meet the Authors Event during the opening reception of Evaluation 2015 on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

On display will be more than 300 posters for your viewing pleasure. The top picks will win free tickets to Friday's Awards Luncheon! You will also have an opportunity to meet and greet some of the top evaluation authors in the field. Authors will have copies of their publications and will offer an evening of discussion and enlightenment.  

Come and enjoy the posters, relax, and socialize. You never know who you might meet and what you might learn in an evening of low-key fun and camaraderie. 
New Jobs & RFPs from AEA's Career Center  
What's new this month in the AEA Online Career Center? The following positions have been added recently: 
  • Evaluator at Teach for America (USA)
  • Research Associate at JBS International, Inc. (Burlingame, California)
  • Program Manager at UW-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Director of Strategic Learning, Research, and Evaluation at Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Senior Manager, Evaluation & Impact Analysis at Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (Vancouver, British Columbia) 
  • Associate in Research & Capacity Building at Community Science, Inc. (Gaithersburg, Maryland)
  • Vice President of Research and Evaluation at Crittenton Women's Union (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Data and Evaluation Specialist II at DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative 
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